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Is a Universal Flu Vaccine Possible?

  • 2043 Rayburn House Office Building (map)

Wednesday, June 20, 2018
Noon-1:00 p.m.
Room 2043, Rayburn House Office Building

Boxed lunches will be available for attendees

Dear Colleague: 

We want to draw your attention to an invitation you should have already received from the Coalition for the Life Sciences (CLS). On Wednesday, June 20th at 12:00 noon, CLS cordially invites you to attend a briefing entitled Is a Universal Flu Vaccine Possible? in the Rayburn House Office Building, Room 2043. The distinguished speaker will be James E. Crowe, Jr., MD, from Vanderbilt University Medical Center.

The flu is a formidable opponent.  Each year seasonal vaccines are deployed to fight the virus, but in the U.S. the flu still kills tens of thousands of people. In fact, in 2017-1018, the U.S. had the deadliest overall flu season in years, the deadliest flu season for children in the U.S. since the CDC started to track flu deaths and hospitalizations in 2004, and record breaking hospitalization rates. 

Each year, health officials try to predict what strain of flu they will need to combat. However, what if we could take the guesswork out of seasonal flu protection? Is a universal flu vaccine the answer and, if so, is it even possible?

We hope you will join the Congressional Biomedical Research Caucus to hear from Dr. Crowe as he outlines the challenges of developing a universal vaccine for the flu and discusses the recent discoveries that highlight the progress that has been made in this
field. Please RSVP to Lynn Marquis at cls@coalitionforlifesciences.org.

The Congressional Biomedical Research Caucus provides a forum where Members and staff can interact directly with preeminent researchers responsible for important scientific discoveries. Many of the stunning advances, made possible by NIH funding, highlighted in these presentations have led to improved understanding of the cause, treatment, and prevention of human disease.

If you would like to join the Biomedical Research Caucus, please contact Molly Fishman (Molly.Fishman@mail.house.gov) in Congresswoman Speier’s office or Drew Hatter (Drew.Hatter@mail.house.gov) in Congressman Stivers’s office.

Sincerely,

Jackie Speier                 Steve Stivers                  Steve Cohen                  Joe Barton

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